Owl Lens Flare

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As the sun was setting the lens flare became rather intense so I started playing around with a lot of compositions to include or reduce the lens flare. Thankfully the Burrowing Owl stayed put and it gave me a lot of chances to try different things. I really liked this one because it breaks a lot of my own personal rules of composition and somehow still works for me. I normally never like a bird looking out of the frame like this one is, I also normally like the brightest part of the background to be behind the bird to lead the viewer's eye in that direction. In this case the lens flare gets brighter as it gets further from the bird. I guess what I really like with this shot is the feeling of squinting into the bright sun just to catch a glimpse of the bird, which is exactly how it was that evening. It did require a good amount of post processing to get the contrast and color where I wanted it and I'm really happy with the final outcome.

• Location: Cape Coral, Florida

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 400 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.